The Limberlost Swamp was the perfect laboratory for author Gene Stratton-Porter to study nature. At a time when most women were homemakers, Stratton-Porter created a lasting legacy of northern Indiana’s vanishing natural history through her writings and photos.
Activities to enjoy:
202 E. 6th St.
Geneva, IN 46740
Off of S. Main St., there will be a large yellow Limberlost State Historic Site sign on the east side of the road. Turn onto 6th St. and into the parking lot.
Tuesday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays* and April 12 (Easter)
Open Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day), *Jan. 20 - FREE (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), Feb. 17 - FREE (Presidents’ Day), March 23 & 30 (Spring Break)
Open with FREE admission April 4 for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day with valid Museum Day ticket, available at Smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
If you plan on visiting the site during the months school is in session, Tuesday through Friday, please call ahead. Due to a number of school groups visits, guided tours may be limited. Please call ahead to find out if your visit may be impacted.
Guided tours begin at the Visitor Center with an overview of Gene Stratton-Porter and the history of the area and wetlands. Next, visitors tour the Carriage House and the first floor of the Cabin. Tours typically last about an hour.
Purchase tickets in person at the Limberlost Visitor Center. Tours are available on demand; the last tour begins at 4 p.m.
For groups of 15 or more, adult tickets are $6, senior tickets are $5, and youth tickets are $2. Group tickets must be purchased in person.
Special discounts are available for educators and education groups, military, Access Pass holders and more. View all discounts >>
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We hope to see you at our upcoming events. Visit our calendar for a list of events happening at all 12 Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites locations.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Enjoy an afternoon showing of two movies based on...
Sunday, March 15, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
"Get caterpillars, get butterflies!"
Jody Heaston, volunteer and Indiana Master Natura...
Friday, April 24, 2020
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Creatures of the Night
Experience hiking in a whole new way at this nigh...
Field trip admission is free for pre-scheduled, accredited schools and homeschool groups of 10 or more Indiana K-12 students. Call 260.368.7428 to schedule your visit.
Academic topics covered include natural history, environmental science, multidisciplinary learning to combine art,
science and reading and writing from 1880s-1913.
Learn more about field trip and school program offerings in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites PreK-12 Education Program Guide. View guide >>
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In the early 1800s the Limberlost Swamp was described as a “treacherous swamp and quagmire, filled with every plant, animal and human danger known — in the worst of such locations in the central states.” Stretching for 13,000 acres the vast forest and swampland was legendary for its quicksand and unsavory characters. The swamp received its name from Limber Jim, who got lost while hunting in the swamp. When the news spread, the cry went out “Limber’s lost!”
To famed Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter, the swamp was her playground, laboratory and inspiration for her acclaimed articles, fiction and photographs. Geneva (Gene) Grace Stratton was born in1863, near Wabash. Her parents passed along a love of the unspoiled outdoors — a love she kept throughout her life as a respected author, naturalist, photographer and illustrator. In 1886, Gene married Charles Porter, owner of a drug store in Geneva. After the birth of their daughter, Jeannette, they moved in 1888 to Geneva, near the Limberlost Swamp. Gene designed a 13-room, Queen Anne rustic log “cabin” completed in 1895. The interior is finished in both Victorian and Arts and Crafts styles. The Porters lived here until the swamp was drained in 1913. She then built a new home on the shore of Sylvan Lake near Rome City.
In the 18 years that she lived at Limberlost, she wrote six of her 12 novels and five of her seven nature books, including the best-selling Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost. An estimated 50 million people worldwide have read her works, and many of her novels were produced as motion pictures.
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